California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival will Screen “Indian Horse”

November 3, 2018

TEMECULA, Calif. — California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival will screen “Indian Horse” on Saturday November 3 at the California American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival in Temecula at the Pechanga Casino and Resort.

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name, the film recounts the remarkable journey of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway (Canadian Indigenous tribe) child torn from his family by the government and placed in one of the most notorious Catholic residential schools. INDIAN HORSE follows Saul’s journey and how hockey healed him as well as bring to light the racism of the 70s that continues today across the Americas.


Kicking off Native American Heritage month, the best-selling novel turned award-winning feature film was directed by Stephen Campanelli (THE MULE, MOMENTUM), Executive Produced by Clint Eastwood and is being released theatrically in November.


Saturday November 3

5 p.m.  – Red Carpet and VIP Reception

7 p.m. –  Screening followed by Q&A with Director and cast.


Pechanga Casino and Resort is located at 4500 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA.  A complete screening schedule can be viewed here. 


Director Stephen Campanelli 
Campanelli, started his career as a steadicam operator in Canada and quickly became one of the most sought-after camera operators in the film industry. Catching the eye of Clint Eastwood, he has become Eastwood’s go-to camera operator and has remained Clint’s most trusted “camera eye” with over 65 motion pictures. One of the most-watched new Directors, he directed MOMENTUM (2015), starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman, and INDIAN HORSE, and he is filming on GRAND ISLE with Nicolas Cage, Kelsey Grammer and Luke Benward.

Actor Ajuawak (AJ) Kapashesit – SAUL (Adult Saul)
A relative newcomer to the world of acting, Ajuawak Kapashesit has been performing in film, television and theatre since the fall of 2015. Since then, he has written, directed, and starred in a number of productions including the award-winning short, Shinaab, and the Independent films: Indian Road Trip and Ahockalypse.

Actor Forrest Goodluck – SAUL (Teenage Saul)
Forrest Goodluck made his big screen debut in the Academy Award-winning film THE REVENANT, performing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson and Will Poulter. Since his debut he’s starred in The Miseducation Of Cameron Post directed by Desiree Akhavan and as a filmmaker has premiered projects at the Seattle International Film Festival, Taos Shortz Film Festival, LA Skins Festival, and had made him the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market Class X Youth Winner.  Goodluck’s film work also led to him being chosen as one of Sundance Institute’s 2015 Full Circle Fellows. He is a member of the Diné (Navajo), Mandan, Hidatsa and Tsimshian tribes and is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Actor Evan Adams – EVAN
A Canadian actor from the Tia’amin Nation, he has starred in Emmy winning series including “Lost In the Barrens,” in addition to series like “Black Stallion,” films including the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film “Smoke Signals.”

Producer Christine Haebler
A 34-year film veteran, Christine is an award-winning Producer who has over 22 films to her credit. She is a partner in Screen Sirens, who optioned the book “Indian Horse” and brought it to the screen.

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name, the film recounts the remarkable journey of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway child torn from his family by the government and placed in one of the most notorious Catholic residential schools. INDIAN HORSE brings to light the destructive policies of national governments in North America taking Indigenous children from their families and placing them in Indian boarding schools and residential schools.

The film based on Ojibway author Richard Wagamese’s 2012 best-selling novel was created under the advisement of two Ojibway elders who are residential school survivors and in collaboration with two Anishnawbek Nations in Canada.

Featuring Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST), Navajo/Hidatsa, Mandan and Tsimshian, as teen Saul who takes his love of hockey as a boy and develops it to eventually lead him to the pros, the film is directed by Eastwood’s longtime cameraman, Stephen Campanelli (THE MULE, MOMENTUM). Ajuawak Kapashesit (INDIAN ROAD TRIP, ONCE UPON A RIVER), Cree from Ontario and Ojibway from Minnesota, plays the lead role of adult Saul. Sladen Peltier was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” at the Canadian Screen Awards for his role in the film.

Winner of 15 film awards, including several audience choice awards, INDIAN HORSE premiered in limited release in Canada selling out theaters nationwide and aided in the social campaign, #Next150, Twenty-one online actions where audiences challenged themselves and participate in reconciliation. More than 10,000 people engaged in this movement of healing and reconciliation.


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